Friday, September 28, 2007

Columbia University

Finally I got rid of my previous advisor and although this semester my work has tripled but I’m a much happier person compared to last year. I’ve never been busier and this feels really good. Most of the days, I go to work at 7:30 or 8 and I come back at around midnight. I have to confess though, that not all of it is occupied by research. I have made a busy social life for myself as well. I am a secretary of a club and I have to help organize a lot of events. It helps to meet new people and get to know them which is always enjoyable.

This semester I’ve also taken the responsibility of being a TA of a lab. This on the other hand is a totally new experience. I have to deal with more than 40 students directly and their grades are in my hand. The grading process, however takes forever to do. Every time my mother or father calls to see how I’m doing my unchanged response to them is that I’m busy grading!

The only thing which I’m trying to forget about is the political situation of Iran. I try to escape the conversations which involve telling my opinion about the current situation and the Iranian president who is absolutely hopeless. The future of my country seems darker than ever and I personally don’t see any shade of hope. And this is hard for me to say because I’ve always been someone positive with high hopes about the future of myself, my country and the world overall. Someday even I used to believe that even if the situation seemed to be bad I will be able to change it even single handedly. Today I’m far far away from that view.

And this week’s events specially the one in the Columbia University with Ahmadinejad giving his opinions about the world was embarrassing for me as an Iranian and also shameful as an academician.

I’ll write more about this later.